December 14

Intentional Communities

I have been listening a lot to Nicole Sauce (Living Free in Tennessee) and Jack Spirko (The Survival Podcast) – see links in the sidebar – and one of the best things that they are talking about right now is intentional communities. Now, they are not necessarily talking about people living close to each other, even possibly on the same communally owned land, though those are all valid options, too. They are talking, as far as I understand it, about an intentional network of individuals helping each other.

I took a first step, I think, in that regard. An individual I met via a Telegram group is looking into relocating and he is taking a look at the town or area that I am living in and, while we were discussing things, I realized that regardless of whether or not he moves to the area, I made a first step in building a community. I gave of my time and knowledge, leveraged some of my own contacts, and I provided him with valuable information about the area even if what I had may have been limited and possibly even somewhat outdated (which, by the way, is still better than what he had before). My next interaction like this and I can provide better information by getting out and finding out more about the things that this guy was interested in.

While the next person may not have the same concerns or needs, I will still have taken steps to better provide future people more information and will have gained valuable knowledge for my own purposes. This is not a zero sum game. If this guy does wind up moving to my area I now have a like-minded individual 20 minutes away at most and now we can help each other with whatever it is we may need help with. This also means that we are showing others looking to relocate that there are reasons now beyond just the land, access to resources, and being left the fuck alone. There is now another growing intentional community (the Holler is about 90 minutes away from my house) in the area. More opportunities to do your own thing but also not being isolated from normal people.

This is the way forward, I believe. Not only should we be getting ourselves prepared, to borrow Jack’s catchphrase, “for when times get tough or even if they don’t”, and intentionally making sure that we have a viable network of like-minded people doing the same thing for themselves.

As my family continues going down the road to becoming self-sufficient, we can surround ourselves with others looking to do the same. We each will have unique skills, talents, and interests that we can leverage to help ourselves and those in our community network.

If you have been presented with an opportunity to network with someone, even if they might not move to the area or whatever, don’t pass up the opportunity. You won’t know what will come of it unless you take the risk. I took the risk today and I wasn’t disappointed. I met with a cool guy, we talked about my hometown, and we broke bread together. That’s powerful. That’s intentional. That’s community.

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December 3

Taking the Hard Line

This is a bit of a personal post, not anything to do with agorism per se but it is something that has been on my mind for a few weeks now.

I have a (sometimes bad) habit of taking a hard line on a subject. A lot of times even I agree, “wtf are you thinking dude, this ain’t worth it” but by then I’ve already done it and feel like I have to stand on that hill forever. It has led to me self-exiling myself from various communities, or dropping out and returning later on once I’ve cooled off. I don’t even know why I do it. It’s often stupid and leaves me feeling like I’ve lost any respectability. Sometimes, though, I feel it’s quite worth it to put down that line in the sand and say, “This is it and no further.”

I think it’s quite alright to take a hard line on some things, especially if we’ve made a good faith effort to listen to the other side. At some point, you’re going to have to quit waffling and commit to a point of view. Can you say, later on down the road, that you were wrong and have changed your mind? Fuck yeah. That’s liberty for ya. No one controls your thoughts, views, opinions, etc.

I used to take a very hard line against liquor and alcohol in general. However, over the years, that view has crumbled as I continue to reject the concept of government as a whole and the idea that peaceful people should be told what they can and cannot do, “For their good.” First, if they are truly peaceful people then so long as you don’t fuck around with them, they’ll remain that way. Second, such attempts at behavioral control just don’t work. Criminals are going to commit crimes, not because there wasn’t a law to stop them but because they never respected the rights of others in the first place.

I say all this to say that I am going to work on not taking a hard line when it’s not really beneficial to do so, however, I reserve the right to say, “Fuck you, this far and no further.” There are some things that we shouldn’t waiver or compromise on, there are subjects and behaviors that we should take a hard line on. Then there are others that we should just agree to disagree with (unless one side is able to convince the other, of course) and move on. Life is too short to treat everything as a line in the sand.

Love and peace to you all.

November 29

What is Agorism to Me?

Agorism is, to me, the lifestyle of minding your own business and living life in harmony with others (for the most part that means not actively being aggressive toward those around you). That also means that you are not asking for permission to engage in any activity that doesn’t require the use of others property.

In practice, as I think about it, there seems to be some problems. Like common-use roads, utilities, and other actual things that are taken for granted today. How do you handle electricity distribution, clean water supplies, sanitary sewers and the like?

Ostensibly, today in the United States most of these are (un)regulated granted monopolies (think telecommunications including infotainment services and electrical utilities) or wholly managed by local governments (water and sewer where septic tanks and wells are not in use).

In the case of water, sewer, and power people who are served by such have no way of opting out. In fact, with the wholesale adoption of the International Building Code, almost all dwellings must be serviced by at least a common power utility.

How then do you opt out? And if it wasn’t wholesale mandated, what would an Agorist system even look like?

I wish I could answer these questions. As someone who grew up relying on these systems saying, “No, I would like to provide myself with at least some of these things and opt out of the mandatory system.” presents quite a radical change. It requires a lot of planning and self-education and a whole lot of work. I need to have reliable systems in place before I can even begin to consider opting out.

When you are so invested in something, it is hard to let go (sunk cost fallacy ftw) however whether you are into prepping or self-sufficiency or not it pays to always reevaluate your needs and situation.

Do I really need for someone else to provide me with something that I can more easily and reliably provide for myself? Is what I am invested in worth keeping? Is it worth letting go? What is the cost/benefit

And once that analysis is completed, what are the hurdles to opting out (if that is the conclusion you came to) of the system? Is it possible in the first place or would it require relocation?

There is so much to consider it can seem daunting. However if you break down the process of dealing with the problem into manageable pieces then you can also tackle the solutions in manageable pieces. There is no one saying that if you come to accept the Agorist philosophy that you have to go live in the woods with nothing until you either die or figure out how to survive (and if someone is telling you that, don’t listen).

I am coming into this philosophy with a left arm I can’t do much with ever again, morbidly obese and with very little capital. However I am working on tackling pieces of my problems so that I can at least have little victories to build upon. My wife is helping as much as she can, and we are both raising a daughter. Progress is slow but there is progress. Victory is inevitable. Whether we get there tomorrow or 1,000 tomorrow’s from then doesn’t really matter.

Study, contemplate, ask questions, debate respectfully. When it comes time to make a decision, you will be better off with information at your disposal. Keep good notes. Share what you learned.

All of this goes toward, I think, what agorism is. Living life as fully informed and self-sufficiently as possible. No one is going to hold your hand. Agorism isn’t easy, but then again neither is life.

Choose how you are going to live, and choose wisely. You – and those who rely on you – are going to be the one reaping the consequences good or bad.

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November 13

What Does Self-Sufficiency Mean to Me

I’ve been struggling with something to type in this space. Not because I’m ignorant which if I’m honest with myself, I am ignorant on being self-sufficient. Sure I’ve helped raise chickens for a year or two. Sure we gathered their eggs and ate their meat (and, let me tell you, I miss that immensely). We didn’t stick with it. We didn’t fully rely on it like we could have started doing. I know what I’m missing.

This blog, is after all, not just a place to advertise my podcast. I want to document my journey into self-sufficiency. I want to get back to raising chickens and culling them for meat and gathering eggs. I want to document my journey into being healthy and less lazy. So let’s document.

This past summer I half-assed trying to raise some tomatoes and peppers in buckets. I failed. I didn’t know what I was doing and I failed. I harvested one puny pepper that wasn’t even a toothful and 3 puny tomatoes. Sure they tasted great, but it was a failure. I know some of why I failed. I’m going to try again next year. I may fail again, but not as badly. I hope.

How am I going to succeed? I’m working on building up my compost. I’m using this past season’s failure and the leaves falling from my trees, I’m using vegetable matter coming out of my house (if any). It’s a static pile. I’m dumping stuff on and mixing it every so often and that’s it. A bit lazy but it works. I know it works. I’ve gotten beautiful compost from it in the past, and I will again.

I also plan on building a structure to house a hydroponics setup. I bought Hydroponics: The Kratky Method: The Cheapest And Easiest Hydroponic System For Beginners Who Want To Grow Plants Without Soil to help me get started (if you’re offended by me making money, you can feel free to leave; being self-sufficient means not being afraid of making money and I need to make money so I’d rather you stay and read and if you want the book, click the link and buy the book). I don’t know the first thing about hydroponics, but we have a book for it (and this one comes recommended by Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast, which you should be listening to if you aren’t already, Jack is the inspiration for this, at least in part).

I need to learn. I need to do. I need to be non-fragile, as Dr. Ken Berry calls it. So do you. Let’s go and get this shit done.

October 2

Weekend Musings

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted. Life is busy and I hate typing from my mobile keyboard. Anyway, to get right to the musings.

There has been a lot going on in the world, especially as New South Wales in Australia has essentially turned itself into an apartheid state. By tracking and strictly regulating the activities of the unwanted (e.g. the unvaccinated), by forcing people to stay in their homes or risk being brutally assaulted by what were supposed to be the community’s protectors (police and military), by completely abandoning any semblance of being a “free, western democracy” (whatever that was supposed to mean in the first place). It’s not stopping in Australia. In Canada, the MPs have voted to suspend federal elections (not that voting really made a difference for minority viewpoints).

While the vaccine continues to get more infectious and less deadly, governments around the world – with some notable exceptions – continue to enact more dangerous laws infringing on their citizens. However, vaccine mandates are set to become more of a thing in the U.S. And the histrionics around it have yet to subside as people refuse to do their own research, instead blindly trusting news agencies and so-called experts known to have lied to them numerous times. If there was ever a time in our lives to be getting ready for, this was it. Things are going to get worse. There is still time to move toward self-sustainability. There are resources still available.

Time is running out, though.

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September 27

Early Morning Thoughts

As I sit here this morning, contemplating whether or not to go back to bed for a few hours, I find myself wondering if I will ever in my lifetime be truly self-sufficient. I don’t necessarily mean producing everything I use. That’s literally impossible. I do mean, however, not being reliant on the state for anything, nor beholden to it for anything. Truly owning property (in other words, no more property tax), not being taxed at the stores or the fuel pump, the whole 9 yards. I feel like that the koof has accelerated the awareness in more people of what the state really is all about. It has opened a lot more eyes, but it’s also caused a lot more people to double down in their defense of the state. We now clearly have two different classes of people. Those who will never give up the government no matter how bad it gets and everyone else.

I’m not sure that there is a good solution to this two-class society. Those who will defend the government will also never leave the rest of us alone. We won’t be allowed to secede from their society, despite clearly both not being wanted nor wanting to consent to their government (and it is their government, not ours). The more we push for self-sufficiency, the more we try to ignore the state, the angrier they get.

I don’t have a solution to the problem, but I do know what I do have a solution for. Next year I’m growing my tomatoes differently. Starting today I’m going to put in more effort to grow more of my own food. Keeping more of my money at the expense of more of my time is acceptable to me.

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September 14

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 0008 – Our Silent Protest

Today’s podcast is a special “silent protest” podcast. Listen in and you’ll see what I mean.

Episode 0008 – Our Silent Protest

This is a special, protest episode of The Chill Anarchist Podcast. Our President really mandated that employers essentially institute a backdoor vaccine mandate. Thomas Luongo’s article “Quietly Say “No” to Biden’s Call for Civil War” inspired today’s episode. Read the article while you “listen” to this episode, then join me in silent protest as we tell Biden “We will not comply!”
Quietly Say “No” to Biden’s Call for Civil War

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September 2

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 0007 – Privacy, Autonomy, and the State

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 0007 – Privacy, Autonomy, and the State
Today’s podcast was hard for me to research, there was so much material. Included below are the links to all of the material that I found linked in the original article. I recommend looking it all over for yourself and coming to your own conclusions.
The Internet of Bodies Ends Bodily Autonomy
FROM HUMAN BODY DIGITIZATION TO INTERNET OF BODIES TOWARD A NEW DIMENSION OF MILITARY OPERATIONS
John Hancock Has a Not-So-Secret Weapon for Tracking COVID-19
Fitness Tracking App Accidentally Exposed Military Bases
Does any country have ‘a functioning track and trace app’? – Full Fact
Quantum-dot tattoos hold vaccination record
Who is Bill Gates?
Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)
DARPA-created contacts would give warfighters new view of old data
Google invents smart contact lens with built-in camera: Superhuman Terminator-like vision here we come
Ginkgo Bioworks – Nanobots Are Finally Here
Human Brain/Cloud Interface
1/12/21: IMPERIUM – THE INTERNET OF BODIES
The Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Big Tech Doesn’t Want You To Know
CIA Chief: We’ll Spy on You Through Your Dishwasher
The Internet of Bodies: Opportunities, Risks, and Governance
The War In Afghanistan Comes Home – What About The Roads?
National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin – August 13, 2021
The Internet of Bodies Ends Bodily Autonomy (original article)

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August 24

Book Quote: Defending the Undefendable

“What is needed is not an arbitrary age limit which will apply to all people regardless of ability, temperment, and behavior, but rather a criteria which can take all these qualities into account. Moreover, the criteria should be consistent with the libertarian principle of self-ownership of property: namely homesteading. What is wanted is an application of the principle of homesteading, which establishes self-ownership and ownership of property, but applied now to the perplexing problem of when a child becomes an adult. Such a theory has been put forth by Professor Murray N. Rothbard. According to Rothbard, a child becomes an adult not when he reaches some arbitrary age limit, but rather when he does something to establish his ownership and control over his own person: namely, when he leaves home, and becomes able to support himself. This criteria, and only this criteria, is free of all the objections to arbitrary age limits. Moreover, not only is it consistent with the libertarian homesteading theory, it is but an application of it. For by leaving home and becoming his own means of support, the ex-child becomes an initiator, as the homesteader, and owes his improved state to his own actions.”
Walter Block, Defending the Undefendable

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August 24

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 006 – Agency, Consent, and Free Speech

In this special episode as I return to content creation I talk about the issues of Agency, Consent, and Free Speech in these ‘rona Times.

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 006 – Agency, Consent, and Free Speech

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